by Charles Rice Goff III, Hal McGee, & Brian Noring
1) Encounter Of Worm And Paper Clip
2) Blinding Glare Of Blank Evidence
3) Earth Lights Inside Our Heads
4) Fetal Tissue Download Mechanism
The cassette album entitled: "Cryptomnesia" consists of four live improvisations recorded directly to stereo cassette on Sunday, October 12th, 1997. Between October 10th and October 13th, Brian Noring hosted several recording sessions involving various groupings of musicians at his home studio in Des Moines, Iowa. These sessions eventually yielded four publicly-released cassette albums. Hal McGee, visiting from Florida, partook of each of these recording sessions along with Noring. Charles Rice Goff III, visiting from Kansas, partook of the sessions on October 11th and October 12th. McGee was extensively involved in the post-production and promotion of all of the cassette albums.
The instrumentation employed to create the music of "Cryptomnesia" consisted of three relatively low-cost digital keyboards:
Goff, McGee, and Noring used their vast combined experience as experimental improvisers to create 90 minutes of extraordinarily compelling music with this limited sonic tool kit. No alterations were made to the original recordings. McGee later described the album:
"On "Cryptomnesia," the tape with Brian and Charlie, I can detect parts that sound like Stockhausen, The Residents, Cluster, and even Jerry Lee Lewis!" (from "HALzine, Issue 5, December, 1997)
Noring later recalled:
"I for one walked away from this recording with a great feeling...There was no extra work involved in the production of this tape, except for me losing much sleep dubbing up a master copy for myself, so Hal could take the original back to sunny Florida." (from "HALzine, Issue 5, December, 1997)
McGee created the cover art, authored the song titles, and released "Cryptomnesia" on his HalTapes recording label in late 1997 (catalog number: HT 094). Noring (FDR Tapes) and Goff (Taped Rugs Productions) also distributed copies of the cassette album. In the early years of the 21st Century, McGee released a double CDR version of "Cryptomnesia" on HalTapes as well. The cover art for both the cassette and CDR albums is archived in this collection, as are two of the pages from McGee's December, 1997 "HALzine" publication, which helped promote the release to the public.